Updated: Jun 26, 2018
Living in the Maritimes, our seasons are usually pretty distinct. The grass here must deal with so many different temperatures and weather changes. Life as grass can be tough sometimes, so some maintenance can go a long way to boosting its health and helping it prosper.
For the summer, use these tips to have a lush, green lawn:
It can be surprising to know that there are plenty of people who cut their grass too short! While it may save time between mowing, in reality you’re hurting the grass. If you want to put stress on your lawn, this is the way to do it. Since each blade of grass is in essence a leaf, the less leaf area, the less surface area to provide photosynthesis – The way the plant ‘feeds’ itself. Top it off with fundamental damage on the crowns of the grass blades, the grass will use up it’s energy just trying to repair itself.
To prevent these types of problems, cut the grass 3 to 3.5 inches.
Fertilizing & Monitoring
Just like all other living organisms, grass needs the proper ingredients to live, including nutrients. Whereas humans need to water and food, so do the plants. Grass requires these three nutrients as feed: nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. We recommend fertilizing three times a year – Once in the spring, summer, and fall.
Keep an eye on the colouring of your lawn. If you see brown spots or patches appearing, you may need to take action. Lawn disease and insect/pest problems are common throughout the season.
Pets, children, workers, and vehicles can damage the integrity of the grass, causing it to turn brown and wear it down to the dirt. Keep an eye on high-traffic areas so that when it comes time for seeding in early fall you can over-seed in those areas to toughen it up for the following summer.